Does the NBA have any appeal to you?

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    Jun 08, 2012 5:07 AM GMT
    Hey guys!

    Just a thought here... I love collegiate basketball and watch as much as I can. Went to the past two Final Fours just to show my fandom. But when it comes to NBA basketball, it's not the same.

    I know the season can be long, but what do you think is the reason for the less appeal?

    I do watch the NHL, but that's because Nashville has a team. After the Preds are in the playoffs, I don't watch much hockey.

    Thoughts?
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    Jun 08, 2012 7:25 AM GMT
    raginraider12 saidHey guys!

    Just a thought here... I love collegiate basketball and watch as much as I can. Went to the past two Final Fours just to show my fandom. But when it comes to NBA basketball, it's not the same.

    I know the season can be long, but what do you think is the reason for the less appeal?

    I do watch the NHL, but that's because Nashville has a team. After the Preds are in the playoffs, I don't watch much hockey.

    Thoughts?

    If you're a true basketball fan, there's no comparison between the NCAA and the NBA. For me the NCAA is almost unwatchable because the level of talent in the so much worse than the NBA. I think the NBA has less appeal because of the 82 game season and the 7 game series in the playoffs. If they made it one and done the NBA playoffs would be much more popular.
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    Jun 08, 2012 7:34 AM GMT
    Basketball is boring. End thread.
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    Jun 08, 2012 7:45 AM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos saidBasketball is boring. End thread.


    this
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    Jun 08, 2012 7:45 AM GMT
    The game isn't about playing as a team anymore...it's about showcasing the "superstar player"

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    Jun 08, 2012 7:58 AM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos saidBasketball is boring. End thread.


    This. I don't watch it or follow it at all.

    ...BUT it harbors quite a lot of uber hot giant men.
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    Jun 08, 2012 7:59 AM GMT
    The NBA is dumb. I love college basketball.
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    Jun 08, 2012 8:08 AM GMT
    The NBA hasn't had any appeal to me in almost 20 years. The days of players playing for the love of the game are gone.
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    Jun 08, 2012 12:00 PM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos saidBasketball is boring. End thread.


    Basketball is awesome. Get the hell out of the thread if you don't like the sport!
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    Jun 08, 2012 12:08 PM GMT
    I've been a fan of the ATL Hawks since the Hubie Brown era. Basketball is a beautiful game overall, but the business end of things has soured me on the NBA a bit.

    I do wish the Hawks had a better run operation. Atlanta could be a front line NBA franchise if someone would make a commitment to winning.
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    Jun 08, 2012 12:15 PM GMT
    7Famark saidThe game isn't about playing as a team anymore...it's about showcasing the "superstar player"



    Exactly this statement, I was a warrior fan up until we sweeped the Mavericks, that series exemplified teamwork and desire...Since then, I have no interest whatsoever, all these Dream teams being formed sunk the league and it's almost doing the same to the NFL, my favorite sport to watch. Playing the sports are 10x better.
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    Jun 08, 2012 12:16 PM GMT
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    raginraider12 saidHey guys!

    Just a thought here... I love collegiate basketball and watch as much as I can. Went to the past two Final Fours just to show my fandom. But when it comes to NBA basketball, it's not the same.

    I know the season can be long, but what do you think is the reason for the less appeal?

    I do watch the NHL, but that's because Nashville has a team. After the Preds are in the playoffs, I don't watch much hockey.

    Thoughts?

    If you're a true basketball fan, there's no comparison between the NCAA and the NBA. For me the NCAA is almost unwatchable because the level of talent in the so much worse than the NBA. I think the NBA has less appeal because of the 82 game season and the 7 game series in the playoffs. If they made it one and done the NBA playoffs would be much more popular.


    You're watching the wrong college games then. NBA has less appeal because the players are lazy and don't play real basketball until post season, which is the only time I actually watch.

    As for me, I root for individual players in the NBA rather than specific teams. I'm a big KU fan, so I'll root for the heat for Mario Chalmers, or the Celtics for Paul Pierce. Wherever T Rob goes, I'll probably start paying attention to them too.
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    Jun 08, 2012 12:23 PM GMT
    When Shaq retired i thought id hate bball. The NBA has appeal but it lost some steam with the lockout, fresh faces and players in new places I'm sure the NBA will be back. Heat v Thunder will most likely be the best final in years.
  • italguynj

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    Jun 08, 2012 1:33 PM GMT
    In my opinion, it's a boring sport (like baseball can be) compared to others (football and hockey). Most of the scores are so evenly matched that all you need to do is watch the last 2 minutes of the game to be satisifed.
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    Jun 08, 2012 1:57 PM GMT
    There seems to be more NBA dochebaggery than in any other sport.

    Isn't the NBA season like 18 months long?

    I'll stick with soccer and hockey thanks.
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    Jun 08, 2012 3:08 PM GMT
    7Famark saidThe game isn't about playing as a team anymore...it's about showcasing the "superstar player"



    I agree, that's why I tend to only watch towards the playoffs. I love the teams that have several great players that work very well together. Sadly the Spurs, my favorite team to date is out, but they were knocked off by a super impressive Thunder, who were playing some great team ball AND have Durant coming up as a major superstar.
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    Jun 08, 2012 6:56 PM GMT
    7Famark saidThe game isn't about playing as a team anymore...it's about showcasing the "superstar player"


    The Spurs disagree. They don't even have a superstar and they had the best record in the league. They were pretty close to winning the west as well.
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    Jun 08, 2012 7:00 PM GMT
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    raginraider12 saidHey guys!

    Just a thought here... I love collegiate basketball and watch as much as I can. Went to the past two Final Fours just to show my fandom. But when it comes to NBA basketball, it's not the same.

    I know the season can be long, but what do you think is the reason for the less appeal?

    I do watch the NHL, but that's because Nashville has a team. After the Preds are in the playoffs, I don't watch much hockey.

    Thoughts?

    If you're a true basketball fan, there's no comparison between the NCAA and the NBA. For me the NCAA is almost unwatchable because the level of talent in the so much worse than the NBA. I think the NBA has less appeal because of the 82 game season and the 7 game series in the playoffs. If they made it one and done the NBA playoffs would be much more popular.


    You're watching the wrong college games then. NBA has less appeal because the players are lazy and don't play real basketball until post season, which is the only time I actually watch.

    As for me, I root for individual players in the NBA rather than specific teams. I'm a big KU fan, so I'll root for the heat for Mario Chalmers, or the Celtics for Paul Pierce. Wherever T Rob goes, I'll probably start paying attention to them too.

    Another reason why I hate college basketball is that the best players don't even want to play there. They play in the NCAA for a year and then go straight to the NBA after their first year of college. I actually like women's college basketball because the players stay for four years.
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    Jun 08, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
    I have more interest in Basketball Wives than the NBA today. With the exception of the NFL I like sports where the players aren't making millions and millions of dollars.
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    Jun 08, 2012 7:56 PM GMT
    Anything NBA is a colossal waste of money, time, and futures....icon_eek.gif
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    Jun 08, 2012 7:58 PM GMT
    Love both college AND pros! But I totally get it for some, with the 'douchebaggery' and 'buddyball' aspects, as to why it turns many off. Kevin Durant is looking like a pretty good antidote to both issues right now, as Dirk Nowitzki was last year.

    Don't forget that the NBA just had a labor dispute that nearly wrecked the whole season. Usually you get the "never again!" fans that slowly crawl back into support mode after a strike or a lockout.

    The lack of supremely-talented Caucasian American-born players is a turn-off for some as well. Some ebonistically-challenged buds of mine debate on a fictional award for the top U.S.-born-and-raised (sorry, Steve Nash... no, 'witzki) Caucasian non-Hispanic player at the end of every season. I believe Ryan Anderson took it from David Lee this year... and if you don't know who these guys are, well, there you go. They got an All-Acadia Team going, too, but I wasn't around for that discussion.

    That said, someone else can correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe TV ratings are routinely reaching all time highs (Boston-Miami Game 7 will probably be no exception), even though "I don't care for the NBA" always sounds like the cooler answer when among the cool crowd.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/basketball/nba/wires/06/08/2030.ap.bkn.heat.celtics.ratings.0160/index.html

    The Miami Heat's win to stay alive against the Boston Celtics has drawn the highest preliminary television rating for an NBA playoff game on cable since records started being kept in 2003.

    http://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2012/03/tv-ratings-nba-viewership-up-36-on-nba-tv-also-nba-on-espn-nhl-on-nbc/

    NBA Viewership Up Over a Third on NBA TV: Through 68 telecasts, NBA TV has averaged a 0.24 U.S. rating and 348,000 viewers for regular season NBA games, a 36% increase in viewership from last year.

    I haven't seen the attendance figures aggregated but last I heard, they're no worse for most teams than in recent years.

    College hoops are always more fun for me when conference tourney time comes along with the potential Cinderellas and "bubble teams" lip-synching for their lives. There used to be a sort of geographical rivalry between teams that was always fun, but the shifting conference alliances for football purposes is straining the importance of many of them in fan's minds.
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    Jun 08, 2012 7:59 PM GMT
    Tenebrism saidI do wish the Hawks had a better run operation. Atlanta could be a front line NBA franchise if someone would make a commitment to winning.


    +100.
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    Jun 08, 2012 8:21 PM GMT
    I love both. It's baseball I can't watch.
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    Jun 08, 2012 8:25 PM GMT
    As a former college player, i think collegiate basketball has more passion than NBA, but it still something i still watch, and play.
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    Jun 11, 2012 4:19 AM GMT
    I actually have met one of the Hawks owners a couple of months ago. Super nice guy, but don't know much other than that.

    As far as passion, I agree. I think college guys (especially at the mid-major level) have it a lot more than some NBA professionals in regular season games.

    I worked in collegiate basketball and can tell their is certainly a passion with mid-major teams. I have been to several NBA games, but it just isn't as fun as the other major sporting events.